The Order of Victory (Russian: Орден Победы) was the highest military decoration in the Soviet Union, and one of the rarest orders in the world. The order was awarded only to Generals and Marshals for successfully conducting combat operations involving one or more army groups and resulting in a "successful operation within the framework of one or several fronts resulting in a radical change of the situation in favor of the Red Army." In its history, it has been awarded twenty times to thirteen leaders (plus five foreign leaders), with one revocation. The Revocation: Leonid Brezhnev ascended to General Secretary of the Communist Party, after Stalin died. He awarded himself a Victory Medal. As he was not a Marshal or Military leader, (During the war He was actually a political commissar as was Khrushchev.) These spies on the military were much hated by Generals and Marshals. The military was offended Brezhnev had the “Pobeda”. When he died they recovered His medal and returned it to the State.